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Oscar and Lucinda Reviews

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Super Reviewer
July 24, 2012
The mid 1800's is a tough time to be a lady or gentleman. Oscar and Lucinda are meant for each other, but they have to fight through society's rules and Oscar's fear of water. The scene of the glass church floating down the river is pretty cool.
Super Reviewer
March 27, 2008
Sloooooooow and ponderous.
Super Reviewer
½ June 20, 2005
[font=Century Gothic]"Oscar and Lucinda" is about two young people, Oscar and Lucinda, who start out on opposite sides of the world in the 19th century. They have a mania in common: gambling.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Oscar(Ralph Fiennes, doing a spot-on impression of Juliet Stevenson) is a troubled divinity student at Oxford. One day, a fellow student drags him to the racecourse and Oscar wins his first bet. He continues to do well with gambling; donating most of what he wins to charity. But terribly wracked with guilt, he chooses missionary work in New South Wales, Australia.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Lucinda(Cate Blanchett) is an heiress from rural Australia. Almost on a whim, she decides to purchase a glass works with her inheritance. She is introduced to cardplaying by her social acquaintances and is hooked.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Oscar and Lucinda" is a beautiful, well-made allegorical movie about the debate between a fixed universe and what chance has to play in our lives. Oscar has a firm belief in a higher power but he still gambles. It's a contradiction when he introduces chance into a world he believes has been designed by a higher power. Water has a symbolic part to play in this movie, too. In Christianity, water is seen as a cleansing agent and is used for baptism but Oscar has a raging fear of it due to him associating it with his mother's death. The movie is also helped along by fine support from Tom Wilkinson and Ciaran Hinds. [/font]
Super Reviewer
½ October 2, 2011
Odd, overlong character drama which during the later stages echoes Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo. I lost interest in Oscar's decline as he's not really a person who earns much empathy. Cate Blanchett leaves a mark as Lucinda though.
Super Reviewer
½ December 27, 2007
A fascinating movie.
½ July 1, 2007
very good acting by the 2 leads with a whole range of emotions from cheeky and naughty, to penitent. The cinematography is pretty stunning, especially towards the end. Still, one can't help feeling a little sad as to why it had to end this way.
August 8, 2011
Saw it after having read the book, and I got a lot more of the emotional impact of the story from the book. The movie was pretty visually, and I liked Fiennes and Blanchett in their roles, but really didn't feel the full impact on film.
January 27, 2010
The story is a little slow but the it's beautiful to watch and the performances of Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes are SO amazing.
½ August 17, 2009
May 09 - Terrible! Had a hard time watching it to the end. I feel bad why Fiennes and Blanchett play in this.
August 8, 2008
If you asked me why I'd love this movie, I'd have a hard time telling you why ... it's a see it to understand it.
May 3, 2008
i'll admit it...i basically love any drama that ralph fiennes is ever in but this was a very good movie
the cinematography was beautiful and the story was not hard to follow at all
i loved the glass church!...and wonder what was done with it after filming...

the one thing about this movie that i could not get past was fiennes TERRIBLE red hair...it was awful and took away from the story for me...it could have at least been less red...he looked like a clown
January 20, 2008
eccentric is the key word here. I wish the tone was less so. Fiennes and Blanchett are the 19th century Benny and Joon. The film is too aloof for the weight of addiction, murder, and penitance.
½ October 24, 2007
Whatever the reason,this nicely done film winds up feeling like a collection of bits in search of vision and an emotional surge.
½ June 10, 2007
There is omething about this movie that after i watch it i found myself thinking about it days later wanting to see it again.
½ March 3, 2007
A look into how the lives of two unlikely people come together through their shared love and obsession for gambling. Through each other they find strength and faith, but it is not without its price. Fiennes and Blanchett are wonderful together.
January 30, 2007
Very, very deep movie and quite moving. You will think about this one long after the movie is over.
December 15, 2015
Stopped watching halfway through...
November 5, 2014
It begins as a fanciful yarn about colorful misfit characters, but it grows and deepens as the movie goes along. Yes it's a beautiful but tragic love story, an adventure epic and a drama. All fit seamlessly and entertain as much as it touches the heart.
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